PTUA, TV

The Daily Telegraph, the copied quotes, the problems they caused, and #MediaWatch

During my time involved with the PTUA, there's been a policy to not comment on issues outside Victoria, for three main reasons: It's a Victorian organisation. There are local groups covering other parts of Australia. You make media comment on stuff outside your knowledge at your peril. It takes away effort from activism for and in Victoria. So I was very surprised to discover some quot

News and events, Sport

Last night’s AFL match result – nowhere to be found in The Age paper edition?

I get The Age delivered on weekends. On Saturdays in particular it's good to lazily read its numerous sections in the morning. So I picked it up wanting to know who won the football last night: Richmond or Fremantle? I just want to know if I tipped it right. Sometimes they have the score on the front page. Not this time. OK, so I flick to the Sports section. Not on the cover of that eit

Culture, News and events

My late father’s account of the Murdoch-owned “Sydney Mirror” story in 1964 that led to a suicide

In looking through my late father's papers, I found the following, which he wrote about an incident on Rupert Murdoch's Sydney Daily Mirror in the mid-1960s. I found it fascinating in light of the News Of The World controversy that was uncovered during 2011, though of course one should not jump to conclusions about the practices in the 1960s versus more recently, particularly at News's current

Melbourne

Public space vs private property in central Melbourne

It's interesting to see that around the CBD, a subtle line is often marked on the pavement, where (I'm assuming) the publicly-owned pavement ends and the privately-owned property begins. Quite a few buildings include this kind of open space, particularly at the front, and I would assume the boundary would have legal significance. In some cases it's less subtle, where they've made no

dreams, music, Net

Quick random thoughts

The Herald Sun paywall launched in March, and offered free 2-month passes. Any word on what's happened now those have run out? Strange dream: Woke up with the most enormous sideburns. Struggled to get them removed before having to go to work. Another dream: Was invited to a very elaborate dinner party at Alan Kohler's place, which in the dream was in Carnegie around the corner from where I u

Melbourne, Photos

Pics from last week

You can tell I don't have a good blog post ready to go when I post a bunch of pictures. Here's a few from last week (that you may have seen if you follow me on Twitter). Mer Chri! -- This was on Thursday night -- by Friday they'd put up the other letters. Below the picture they'd put in supports earlier in the week -- you can see the full set in this picture from last year. They must keep all t

News and events, TV

News-junkies’ summary of TV news bulletins

I was thinking that for news junkies like me, it'd be nice to have a quick reference to when it's possible to tune into a news bulletin on free-to-air television. With ABC News 24, this is easier than ever before, but in fact there are numerous times when other channels air substantial (10+ minutes) bulletins when ABC News 24 is showing other things, such as The Drum. I've included shows like T

News and events

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is a good example of a moral issue that for me is more grey than black and white. I would like to think that I would never wish anybody dead, nor be glad at hearing of someone's demise. But if ever I were to waver on that, it would be for someone who caused the deaths of thousands of people. There are questions over the operation of course. At first they seemed to be claim

News and events

Japan’s disaster (or as ACA put it: “Catastrophe!”)

The trilogy of disasters: earthquake, tsunami and nuclear emergency, bringing untold misery and tragedy to the people of Japan -- and what does ACA do? They use a caption which makes it sound like it's a scene from a musical. It was clear from the time the first videos were shown on Friday afternoon that this was serious. And perhaps the fact that it's happened in a technologically advanced